The Order is based on the historic records of the life and the legend of King Athelstan. The focus of the Order is to show how this early reference to the importance of Masonry in English history was significant for the development of speculative Freemasonry.

The Order has grown rapidly and internationally and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015. In England and Wales the Order is structured so that its Provinces, wherever possible, reflect and represent ancient kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxon period. Our Provinces do not therefore correlate directly with the English County divisions.

The aim of the Masonic Order of Athelstan is to encourage and prompt its members into further study and research. Membership of our Order is strictly invitational, and members are expected to take a wide and committed interest in all aspects of freemasonry. There is a mandatory requirement for each member to maintain current active membership of both Craft and Royal Arch Masonry. To this end we are fully committed to supporting the United Grand Lodge of England and expect all members of the Order to give full support and allegiance to the UGLE.